Thursday, November 20, 2008

American Indians

Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial - Spectacularly colorful dress of the Aztec Indians from Mexico as seen during annual parade in Gallup, New Mexico - Postcard published by Petley Studios, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Color photo courtesy Santa Fe Railway - 1950's.

War Dance at Indian City, U.S.A. in the heart of Oklahoma, Home of the Red Man - Postcard published by Baxter Lane, Amarillo, Texas - 1950's.

Henry Ray Lambert - Cherokee Indian - Cherokee Indian Reservation, North Carolina. On the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park lives the Eastern Band of the Cherokees. Numbering more than 3000 today they are descendants of those Cherokees, who fled to the vastness of the Great Smokies when the Cherokee Nation was re-moved to Oklahoma in 1838. (Postcard Copyright 1963 W.M. Cline Co.)

Greetings from San Jon, New Mexico - Back of postcard is handstamped "Circle M Motel" and Restaurant, Interstate 40 - Published by Dexter Press - 1950's.

Ramsey Walkingstick, Cherokee Indian. Cherokee Reservation, Cherokee, N.C. - The Cherokee Reservation is located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is the home of over 3000 members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. - Postcard is dated 1969 Buckhorn Press.

6 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

I don't know if it's true today, but in the 50's the southwestern U.S. was the place to go for vacationing families. Especially the Grand Canyon! I suppose that in a way it seemed so exotic, and all in our own backyard so to speak.

Cory Gross said...

I imagine that it came out of the whole culture of Route 66 and the Great American Road Trip. The southern leg of the route passes right through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California... The American Southwest became the de facto arena for a type of holiday where the journey itself was the destination: "See America!"

I can't speak with any expertise now, but it seems that with the demise of Route 66, visiting the Southwest has to be more intentional. Your destination actually has to be the Grand Canyon or Sedona. However, Route 66 nostalgia is growing and will probably hit a fever pitch when everybody who took that trip as a kid retires.

But I'm just a Canadian. What do I know? ^_~

Viewliner Ltd. said...

There is one area of Route 66 that is traveled more than any other part of the "Mother Road". It is the 60 mile stretch between Kingman and Seligman, Arizona.

It has everything, from motels, cafe's, diners, a lot of them completely restored.

It is a Route 66 destination all by itself. Very, very cool ride.

And then you go to the Grand Canyon!

Cory Gross said...

I never made it to that part of 66... but the stretch between Flagstaff and Williams was pretty fun. We made sure to stop at the restored, Route 66-overload diners. Jolene was even into it, which is a nice change of pace since her affection for 1950's kitsch is significantly less than mine ^_^

LAW said...

Ramsey Walkingstick was my grandfather. It's good to see his photo's even thou Cherokee's did not dress this way. It's what people expect all indians / Native Americans to look like. I'm his grand daughter and proud.
Laura Walkingstick

The Viewliner Limited said...

And you should be proud Laura. As I am of the American Indian heritage. Thank you for commenting, Richard.